South Africa Safari – Cape Buffalo

Cape Buffalo

Cape Buffalo

The Cape Buffalo is a large African bovine. The animal has a long but stocky body, with a shoulder height up to 5 feet and a head-and-body length up to 11 feet. They weigh 1,000 to 2,000 pounds, with males larger than females. Because of their size and unpredictable nature, they are highly dangerous to humans.  On safari, we were repeatedly told to not approach these animals.  Even the safari trucks kept a safe distance.

Cape Buffalo

Cape Buffalo

The horns of Cape Buffalo are unusual. The adult bull’s horns have fused bases, forming a continuous bone shield which can not always be penetrated by a bullet.  They are herbivores, feasting on tall, coarse grasses.

Cape Buffalo

Cape Buffalo

Watch this amazing eight minute video shot on safari at Kruger National Park in South Africa. It is a battle between a herd of Cape Buffalo, a small pride of lions, and a pair of crocodiles over a baby buffalo. Entitled ‘Battle at Kruger’, the video was shot in September 2004 by videographer David Budzinski and photographer Jason Schlosberg.


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